More than two million veterans have come home from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars so far. And even though war has been with us since the beginning of human memory, how to come back and start a new life is a puzzle we haven’t yet solved. In this special, listeners hear firsthand accounts of veterans making sense of war and starting over... some struggling with lingering injuries, physical and mental. State of the Re:Union with Al Letson: Coming Home – Stories of Veterans Returning from War airs Monday, May 27 at 12 p.m. and again at 10 p.m. on AM 1370/FM-HD 91.5-2.
Soldiers coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan can be faced with obstacles and wounds not clearly visible to the rest of the country. These current wars also illuminate how veterans of previous eras are still trying to come home years after returning from war. For our Veterans Special, SOTRU explores how some veterans are learning to come home after returning from their service.
Program segments include:
Segment A After serving a year in Iraq, Riley Sharbonno returned home with thousands of digital images. Artist Monica Haller started asking him questions about them, and three years later, a book is published and a workshop ignited. SOTRU explores how the Veterans Book Project is starting an honest conversation between those who have experienced war, and those who have not.
Segment B Forty-two years after returning home from the Vietnam War, Richard O’Connor is helping to welcome home the men and women serving in our two current wars. But he’s also learning how to come home as well.
Segment C A team of injured Marines return home to find the same sense of strength and camaraderie within their units, but this time, it’s on the competitive sports field. Also, SOTRU visits two farms that are helping to provide a brand-new mission for returning veterans: farming.